University of Wisconsin–Madison

WHAT IS BLENDED LEARNING

WHAT

The term blended learning can mean different things to different people. There are different models of blended learning and different levels of blended learning. Because of this, each blended learning course looks a little different. It is therefore difficult to provide one example or one definition of blended learning. That said, the definition below was created by the Blended Learning Fellowship Program participants to help facilitate a conversation around what blended learning means to campus.

BLENDED LEARNING DEFINITION

At UW-Madison, blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments that use face-to-face and technology-mediated channels to enhance interactive, engaging learning experiences and to improve student learning outcomes

Blended courses should have the one or more of the following pedagogical characteristics:

  • a shift from teacher-centered instruction to student-centered learning;
  • significant interactions between student-instructor, student-student, and/or student-content; and/or
  • integrate formative and summative assessment for students and instructor.

On this campus, courses have three technology-mediation designations:

  • Less than 30% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered technology-enhanced.
  • 30-99% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered blended.
  • 100% of the course includes technology-mediated learning activities is considered online. – Blended Learning Fellowship Program